With global politics being what they are, it is increasingly important (unfortunately) for mosques to be open and welcoming to all, and this place was perfect for that. The building is old, and of an architectural style before that of the Ottomans with their central massive domes that dominate most westerner's perceptions of a mosque. Inside it is white walls with rich carpet and careful delicate decorations over the pillars and many low domes. What makes this place though is the welcome, the invites, the attempts to inform about custom and the encouragement to explore, to take photographs. They enjoyed that we enjoyed being there, and having a young child run around ignoring it all was seen as a young child being just that, not disrespect. Having a 6 yr old kneel down and pretend to pray wasn't taken as disrespect, it was seen as a 6 yr old repeating what he had seen in books, much like others would kneel in a church.
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